After 35 years I can go no further with OS X
I am a MacFormat subscriber and have used Apple kit since the late 1970s. Over a long period I have built up my personal workflows and habits around Apple’s excellent operating systems up to version 10.6.8. My productivity depends on two features: being able to open folders in new windows, and having the windows that were open prior to shut down reopen on startup to resume a workflow.
OS X 10.7 onwards no longer has these features. Opening folders in new windows is possible by holding but I want to be able to replicate the older OS behaviour. I refuse to upgrade to newer OS versions unless I absolutely have to. Is there a way of configuring the latest OS to work in these ways? If not, are there any third-party tools that would achieve the same objective? Minoo Patel When you choose > Shut Down, the windows that are open are saved as long as ‘Reopen windows when logging back in’ is ticked. If you need to preserve your existing work session with even more fidelity, you can just sleep your Mac, which uses very little power nowadays.
Regarding Finder, the way to reinstate the behaviour you want is to hide the toolbar and switch to icon or list view. Finder windows will then work more like they did in the classic OS, opening a new window when you double-click a folder. However, this also forfeits modern features such as the sidebar.
The Mac has evolved through twenty major OS releases since the 1980s